Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stand Up For Justice Rally in LA - Wednesday, January 18

The "Open Courts Coalition" - a group of attorneys from around the state advocating for adequate funding for the judiciary - has organized a “Stand Up For Justice” Rally in Los Angeles to support adequate funding for California’s courts.

The Rally will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Grand Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets in downtown Los Angeles (in front of the Disney Concert Hall). 

The organizing committee for the event firmly believes that it  could and will be the largest single gathering ever in the United States by lawyers, judges, justices, organized labor and stakeholders in support of the Justice System.  

The coalition reportedly is seeking to prevent further cuts to the judiciary's budget by the Governor and Legislature, and eventual restoration of the $350 million that has been cut from the judiciary's budget over the past two years. The budget released by Governor Brown on January 5, proposes no further cuts in the judiciary's budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year - IF California voters approve the Governor's tax increase initiative on the November ballot.  If the initiative fails, the courts are looking at yet another substantial budgetary hit of $125 million -  which the Governor suggested in his summary of the budget "is the equivalent of court closures equal to three days per month."

The following is a partial list of scheduled speakers for the "Stand Up for Justice" rally:

Paul R. Kiesel - Moderator
Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye - Chief Justice of California
(a statement from the Chief Justice will be read)
Hon. Gray Davis - Former Governor of California
Justice Carlos Moreno - Former California Supreme Court Justice
Hon. Michael Feuer - Member of the California State Assembly
Sen. Joseph L. Dunn (ret.) - CEO, State Bar of California
Peter Glaessner - President, California Defense Counsel
Deborah Kelly - Directing Attorney of the Los Angeles County Bar Assn. Domestic Violence Project
Niall McCarthy - President, Consumer Attorneys of California
Gary Paul - President, American Association for Justice
Representative of AFSCME
Jon Streeter - President, State Bar of California
Hernan Vera - President, Public Counsel
Eric Webber - President, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Allan Zaremberg - President, California Chamber of Commerce

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